Tag Archives: East Asia

Walks: ‘Hirado City Castle Nagasaki, Japan’ (5K Video)

Hirado City is the administrative area of Hirado Island and its surroundings in the northwestern part of Nagasaki Prefecture. The central Hirado district is the castle town of the former Hirado clan Matsuura, and before the isolation, it was an international trading port with China, Portugal, the Netherlands, and so on.

Video timeline: 00:00​ タイトル(Title) 00:16​ 平戸港交流広場(Hirado Port Square) 00:49​ 幸橋 – オランダ橋(Saiwaibashi Bridge) 01:11​ 宗陽公のお墓(The Grave of the Lord Matsura Takanobu) 01:55​ 城下町(Castle Town) 02:26​ 大ソテツ通り(Dai Sotetsu Street) 02:30​ 六角井戸(Rokkaku Ido Well) 02:34​ 観音地蔵堂(Kannon Jizo-do) 02:38​ 松浦史料博物館(Matsura Historical Museum) 02:42​ 大ソテツ(Dai Sotetsu) 02:57​ 平戸オランダ商館(Hirado Dutch Trading Post) 03:43​ 薄香の町並み(Usuka townscape) 06:00​ オランダ塀(Dutch Wall) 06:32​ 崎方公園(Sakigata Park) 07:54​ フランシスコ・ザビエル記念碑(St. Francis Xavier Monument) 09:20​ 三浦按針の墓(The Grave of William Adams) 09:40​ 崎方公園展望台(Sakigata Park Observatory) 10:08​ 大ソテツ通り(Dai Sotetsu Street) 11:13​ 寺院と教会の見える風景(View of temples and churches) 12:00​ 平戸ザビエル記念教会(St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church) 12:12​ 平戸城(Hirado Castle)

Spring Views: ‘Wisteria In Bloom’ – Tokyo, Japan (4K)

Date taken: April 11, 2021

The city’s wisteria blossoms will bloom earlier than usual this year.

MAP:TOKYO 東京 0:00​ Opening 0:31​ Bisyamonten Zenkokuji Temple https://bit.ly/3d8HeDp2:05​ Hie Jinja https://bit.ly/32cajY94:43​ Funabashiya Kameidotenjinmae. https://bit.ly/3s71byQ6:11​ Kameido Tenjin Shrine https://bit.ly/323uBmX12:56​ Tokyo Big Sight https://bit.ly/3s4Lfgh

Travel Guides: ‘Takayama – Central Japan’ (HD Video)

Takayama is located at the base of the Northern Japan Alps and was initially built up by the Kanamori clan, which ruled over the region beginning in 1586. Central Takayama today retains much of the elegant architecture and flavors of the past, causing many to call it a “Little Kyoto.” In addition to the outstanding historical district here, visitors will find an ample amount of temples and shrines, shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and year-round outdoor activities making it an excellent stop to any travel itinerary!

4K Walks: ‘Yellow Crane Tower – Wuhan, China’

The history of the Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghe Lou in Chinese, dates back to the Three Kingdoms period (220-280) in Chinese history. Initially built in 223 AD, the tower served military purposes as a watchtower at the beginning. In the following centuries, it repeatedly saw both destruction and reconstruction. Especially during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it was destroyed seven times. Yet, each time, it was brought back to life again. Unfortunately, a fire in 1884 completely ruined the building. It was not until 1981 that the tower was once again rebuilt, which took four years. The tower we see today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. Standing 51.4 meters, the five-story Yellow Crane Tower is perched on the banks of the Yangtze River at the top of the Snake Mountain. It features a mix of octagonal and square structures with a roof covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. Each upturned eave resembles a fluttering crane that is closely linked to the tower’s name.

Walks: ‘The Forbidden City – Beijing, China’ (4K Video)

The Forbidden City is the palatial heart of China. Constructed in 1420, during the early Ming Dynasty, it is China’s best-preserved imperial palace, and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.

As one of the five most important palaces in the world, the grand halls and walls proudly display the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architecture, fitting for the capital city of the world’s largest nation.

Mountain Views: ‘Aoni Village – Nagano, Japan’

This is a very small village in Hakuba, and unfortunately there is no public transport to get there. After driving up the mountain for about 20 minutes from Hakuba-station, you will come to an amazing view
with 14 large traditional Japanese houses and 7 warehouses, that were build during the Edo period (1603-1868) and the Meiji period (1868-1912).

This village is stated to be Japan’s important preservation district of historic buildings. It keeps it traditional atmosphere, has not been turned into a tourist spot.

You will be able to enjoy the primitive relaxing walk here just like the olden times. It is also famous for their beautiful terraced rice-fields.
If you visit Aoni Village, you should definitely go up the terraced rice-fields and take a look at the wonderful view of the Northern Alps over the village.

Timeline: 00:00​ タイトル(title) 00:23​ 青鬼集落(Aoni Village) 06:37​ 青鬼神社(Aoni Shrine) 07:38​ 棚田(Rice Terraces)

Architecture: ‘M+ Museum Hong Kong’ By Herzog & De Meuron (2021-Video)

M+ has completed the construction of its museum building, which is set to open to the public at the end of 2021. designed by herzog & de meuron in partnership with TFP farrells and arup, the landmark building is seeking to become a new addition to the global arts and cultural landscape. located in hong kong’s west kowloon cultural district on the victoria harbour waterfront, it provides a permanent space for M+ — the first global museum of contemporary visual culture in asia dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and hong kong visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Read more at DesignBoom

Walks: The Great Wall Of China – Badaling Section, Beijing (4K HDR Video)

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that were built across the historical northern borders of ancient Chinese states and Imperial China as protection against various nomadic groups from the Eurasian Steppe. 

The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of the country as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires, with a total length of more than 20,000 kilometers.

The Great Wall begins in the east at Shanhaiguan in Hebei province and ends at Jiayuguan in Gansu province to the west. Its main body consists of walls, horse tracks, watch towers, and shelters on the wall, and includes fortresses and passes along the Wall. The Great Wall reflects collision and exchanges between agricultural civilizations and nomadic civilizations in ancient China.

It provides significant physical evidence of the far-sighted political strategic thinking and mighty military and national defense forces of central empires in ancient China, and is an outstanding example of the superb military architecture, technology and art of ancient China. It embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and its people.

Documentary: ‘Fukushima – The Age Of Radioactivity’

The USS Ronald Reagan cruised into a radioactive cloud from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011. Sailors on the aircraft carrier were exposed to radiation. This documentary looks at the event and what came before it. The discovery of the atom and radioactivity are among the most important advances in 20th Century science. This film provides a comprehensive, historical examination of a century of radioactivity. At the same time it remembers the victims – from the Curies to Fukushima.

The film-makers visit Japanese families who sued Tepco, the operator of the Fukushima reactor, after their children developed thyroid cancer following the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Sent to help tsunami victims, sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan give detailed accounts of what happened on board the carrier. Radiation victims on both sides of the Pacific recount their difficulties in getting information. The film also introduces others harmed by industrial and military secrecy over the issue. Among them are fishermen and veterans exposed to radiation during the nuclear bomb tests on Bikini Atoll, Hiroshima survivors and young women who worked with radium in US factories in the 1920s. Radioactivity is invisible and odorless, yet very harmful to life. A Japanese doctor tells viewers how radioactivity affects the human body, why it causes cancer, and what can be done to shield people against it.

Aerial Skyline Views: ‘Tokyo – Japan’ (Video)

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).